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WORLD's online columnists offer news analysis from a biblical perspective and insightful opinions on topics that arise at the intersection of Christianity and culture.

The first Christmas (with apologies to Clement Moore)

The first Christmas (with apologies to Clement Moore)

By Marvin Olasky
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Faith & Inspiration | ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the world, So much was chaos, so much had swirled. The corpses were hung by the Temple with glee, With…

The incomplete telling of Louis Zamperini’s life

By Cal Thomas
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Movies | NEW YORK—I wanted to like the movie because I love the book. Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller  Unbroken  is a classic. While I had heard reports that…

No Samantha shortcuts

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | In the 1960s there was a silly sitcom called Bewitched about a likeable and pretty suburban witch named Samantha who marries a human. Her husband Darrin forbids…

How can there be joy in such a world?

By John S. Dickerson
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Faith & Inspiration | One week ago I was in one of the poorest, most violent slums in the Western Hemisphere—Cité Soleil, outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Between shacks of…

Agreeing with the president on Cuba

By Cal Thomas
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Cuba | Is it possible to hold two seemingly contradictory thoughts about the president’s decision to partially end the half-century embargo against Cuba? Can one…

The Bible for the sake of Western civilization

The Bible for the sake of Western civilization

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | At Christmastime our church has a tradition of matching willing givers to needy local children who may not have anything under their tree—or even a tree. My…

What to do with Castro’s Cuba

By D.C. Innes
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Cuba | On New Year’s Day 1959, Fidel Castro’s revolution established a socialist state in Cuba. In 1960, the United States under President Dwight D. Eisenhower…

Is this the end of Big Hollywood?

By Janie B. Cheaney
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Movies | The Sony hacking scandal—in which hackers (probably) in the service of North Korea shut down the release of a major motion picture—is an ominous signal…

Not looking for a baby

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | In Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty , Maleficent, who has sent her henchmen over hill and dale in obsessive pursuit of a certain princess named Aurora, is…

Perseverance of the saints: A tribute to missionary translators

By Marvin Olasky
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Religion | We read sometimes of “unreached people groups” and efforts to translate the Bible into their own language. But what does it take to succeed in that…

Weekend Reads: Expanding the kingdom and following Christ

Weekend Reads: Expanding the kingdom and following Christ

By Caleb Nelson
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Books | God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth By Greg Beale and Mitchell Kim What is a temple? Ideally speaking, it is a place in which God…

A better way than enjoying failure

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | One of the weirdest and most unpleasant aspects of sports is a fan’s intense desire for opponents to fail. I have certainly been party to this sentiment,

 
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